2020 could see Buccaneers John Franklin in an expanded role

John Franklin III, Auburn Tigers, (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
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After a slow start to his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, John Franklin could finally become a contributor in 2020.

After bouncing around the college football world and becoming a star on Netflix’s Last Chance UJohn Franklin now finds himself back on the offensive side of the ball on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Franklin was featured as a quarterback predominantly in college. His throwing stats never popped off the stat sheet, but his athleticism and explosive ability with the ball were undeniable.

After signing with the Bears to play defensive back, Franklin eventually made his way to Tampa Bay, where he is going into training camp as a wide receiver, a far better use of his talents.

Wide receiver will be a deep position for the Buccaneers this year, and making the final roster with this position group will be a substantial challenge. The Bucs like their top five, meaning there is realistically one open spot for numerous other players to compete over.

Franklin may not have the positional experience that his peers do, but his advantage comes with his versatility. The ability to make big plays from multiple points of attack makes Franklin a valuable option, even if he may not be the best pure receiver to choose.